Bicentennial Initiatives

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A college can be called great only if it makes a difference in the lives of the students it serves. After all, what good is a college that creates an educational environment that promises to unlock the potential of talented and hard-working students only to ignore the financial barriers they face? And what good is it to attract some of the brightest students and professors and then put limits on their imaginations?

  • Bicentennial Initiatives is Hamilton’s response to these dilemmas.
  • Bicentennial Initiatives is about access, creativity and opportunities for students.
  • Bicentennial Initiatives is about ensuring Hamilton’s greatness as we begin our next century.

Campaign News

Bicentennial Initiatives Campaign Surpasses All Goals

August 29, 2013 – In the final chapter of its 200th anniversary observance, Hamilton concluded its Bicentennial Initiatives campaign on June 30, 2013, with gifts and pledges of $139.8 million. More ...

Bicentennial Initiatives Objectives

Access >>

$40 million to endow student scholarships that fulfill our need-blind promise
Creativity >>

$35 million to construct arts facilities that unlock the imaginations of students and professors
Opportunity >>

$30 million to ensure Hamilton’s margin of excellence through the Annual Fund

Total  $117 million*

* Motivated by the generosity of alumni, parents and friends, this goal was increased to $133 million by the Board of Trustees in June 2012 to account for government grants, planned gifts and donor interests that match other College priorities.